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16 October 2006 PR 06/117

Volunteers needed to shape new weight loss programme

Researchers at Loughborough University are looking for volunteers to take part in a study that will help to shape a new weight loss programme.

Around 30 overweight or obese men and women living in the Kenilworth, Leamington, Coventry and Warwick areas are being sought to participate in the six-month study.

Working in small groups, the participants will meet up once a week to develop their own bespoke weight loss programme. They will be able to discuss what they need from a programme and will choose which methods – such as keeping a log of their diet and exercise – they’d like to use to aid their weight loss.

Lead researcher Julie Alexander-Cooper explains: “There’s a bewildering array of weight loss and weight maintenance methods on the market. Through our study we’re going to find out which of them people like and which are most convenient. After all, if a weight loss programme is difficult to fit into your everyday life, you’re less likely to stick with it.”

“Ultimately our aim is to develop a new weight loss and weight maintenance programme, which, having been designed by users, will be appealing to others wishing to lose weight.”

Participants in the Loughborough study will be provided with the most up to date information about successful weight loss and weight maintenance methods and will be offered all the necessary support throughout the six-month period.

To find out more about the study or to volunteer contact Julie Alexander-Cooper in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University, Tel: 01926 858416, E: j.alexander-cooper@lboro.ac.uk Pregnant women and those already participating in a weight loss programme will not be eligible.

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  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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